Justin 12.7.6-8

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Cum ad Nysam urbem uenisset, oppidanis non repugnantibus fiducia religionis Liberi patris, a quo condita urbs erat, parci iussit, laetus non militiam tantum, uerum et uestigia se dei secutum. 7 Tunc ad spectaculum sacri montis duxit exercitum, naturalibus bonis, uite hederaque, non aliter uestiti, quam si manu cultus colentiumque industria exornatus esset. 8 Sed exercitus eius, ubi ad montem accessit, repentino impetu mentis in sacros dei ululatus instinctus cum stupore regis sine noxa discurrit, ut intellegeret non tam oppidanis se parcendo quam exercitui suo consuluisse. c


On arriving at the city Nysa, he ordered the inhabitants, who, from their confidence in being protected by their worship of Bacchus, the founder of their city, made no resistance, to be spared; rejoicing that he had not only followed the god’s military achievements, but also his footsteps. 7 He then led his army to view the sacred mountain, which was clad with the adornments of nature, the vine and ivy, as beautifully as if it had been tilled by art, and decked by the labour of the cultivator. 8 But the troops, as they approached the hill, were impelled, by a sudden commotion in their minds, to utter devout cries to the god, and ran frantically up and down, to the amazement of the king, but without suffering any harm; whence he might understand that, by sparing the town, he had not so much secured its safety, as that of his own army.  c



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